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Dr. Randall J. Webb, 65, 66 


Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

It is hard for me to believe that it has been 10 years since I was 
given the great honor of serving as president of Northwestern State University. 

That milestone has given me the opportunity to reflect on what has been accomplished 
along with the work that remains to be done. 

When I took office, I was fortunate to be preceded by Dr. Robert Most, who did an 
excellent of job of guiding Northwestern through some difficult times. Because of his leader- 
ship, I was able to focus on how to improve all areas of the university. 

Over the past 10 years, Northwestern has made major steps forward. The university's 
academic programs are stronger, and people around the nation are more aware about what 
is being accomplished at Northwestern. 

In the past decade, enrollment has continued to grow, exceeding 10,000 students for 
the first time ever. There was a decrease last fall as new admissions standards were imple- 
mented. However, we are confident that the university will attract better students and our 
student population will remain strong. 

Over the next few months, the university will prepare for the reaffirmation of accredita- 
tion by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 
This is a rigorous process, but it forces each area of the university to go through self-exami- 
nation and determine how to improve. 

Northwestern is fortunate to have alumni, students, faculty and staff who care so deeply 
about the institution and the work it does. Working with bright, dedicated people each day 
makes my job more enjoyable. I look forward to being part of more future successes at your 
alma mater. 

Dr. Chris Maggio, 85, 91 

Director of Alumni and Development 

My fellow alumni, 

It is more evident than ever that Northwestern is blessed with 
generous and enthusiastic alumni. In the spring of 2000, we 
launched the university's first-ever Capital Campaign, "For A Brighter Tomorrow," an ambi- 
tious quest to raise $18.84 million to be used for endowed scholarships, endowed profes- 
sorships and chairs and faculty/staff support. I am very excited to announce that we have 
exceeded our Capital Campaign goal far ahead of schedule. It is clear by the success of 
the campaign that Northwestern's alumni and friends are deeply supportive of the univer- 
sity and its role in enhancing our lives. 

Your pride in your alma mater was reflected this past spring when a series of e-mails 
and phone calls circulated the country encouraging everyone to vote for NSU in the Pontiac 
Game Changing Performance contest. NSU had more votes than the three other large 
schools combined. Many alumni let me know that they forwarded the information to friends, 
relatives and co-workers everywhere, encouraging them to cast their vote for Northwest- 

Your response in these endeavors illustrates that, when called upon, NSU alumni and 
friends pull together to support the school. 

Another opportunity to create a visible reminder of your connection to Northwestern is 
through the Alumni Plaza, currently under construction. Engraved bricks, tiles and other 
personalized fixtures are still available for those who desire a permanent and tangible record 
of their esteem for NSU. I look forward to the plaza's completion, when visitors will be able 
to walk through the plaza paved with names of those who hold their memories of North- 
western close to their hearts. 

I constantly tell others that NSU is a special place. As the university continues to 
grow, it fulfills a vital role, not only in the lives of the students enrolled here, but in the 
community of leadership beyond. I look forward to what the future holds for Northwestern 
and I thank you for your continued support of the university. 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of 

Northwestern State University 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

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Volume XVI Number 2 Summer 2006 

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President Jimmy Williams 

Alexandria, 1993 

Vice President K. Michael Sawrie 

Alexandria, 1972 

Secretary-Treasurer Jerry Bru ngart 

Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Executive Director Dr. Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985, 1991 


Brandon Scott Andrews Baton Rouge, 1992 

Dane Broussard Houston, Texas, 1986 

Jerry Brungart Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia. 1969 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974. 1975 

Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas, 1989 

Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

Matt Koury Leesville, 1995 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970 

David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973 

Kip Patrick Shreveport, 1995 

K. Michael Sawrie Alexandria, 1972 

Joseph B. Stamey Natchitoches, 1983 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Ricky Walmsley Covington, 1985 

Ginger Wiggins Metairie, 1986 

J. Michael Wilburn Shreveport, 1975 

Jimmy Williams Alexandria, 1993 

Dr. Leonard A. Williams ... New Orleans, 1993 


Shantel Wempren Thibodaux 

SGA President 

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spring, summer, fall and winter. 


Dr. Chris Maggio, 1985, 1991 


Jennifer Wilbanks Anderson. 1997 


Leah Pilcher Jackson, 1994 

David West 

Doug Ireland, 1986 


Gary rlardamon 


Beth McPherson Mann, 1975 

NSU Press Publications Office 

Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis- 
sion on Colleges of tlic Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools (1866 Southern Lane. Decatur. Georgia 30033 ni'i, 
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac- 
calaureate, Master's. Specialist and Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the hasis of race, color, religion. 

sex. natumal origin, age, or dtsahility in its educational pro- 
grams, activities or employment practices. 

Campus News 

Webb reflects on 10 years 
of progress at Northwestern 

Ten years ago, Northwestern State President 
Dr. Randall J. Webb took office with a simple goal - 
to make the university the best it could possibly 
be. After a decade the results are clear. 


orthwestern has gained unprecedented state and 
national attention for its achievements. The uni- 
versity is attracting better students and alumni, 
and friends and supporters have responded strongly to 
NSU's first capital campaign. 

"From the time I took office, I wanted to have a 
focus on excellence," said Webb. "There is not one area 
of the university that has not been strengthened, espe- 
cially academics. And that is because of a combined 
effort by alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of 
the university. The president receives a great deal of 
credit, but we would have not had success without many 
people working to make Northwestern 

"We have instilled a special 
jV pride in our alumni about the uni- 
versity. That's something I see 
every day." 

Webb regards the opportu- 
ne nity to serve as Northwestern's 
president as the fulfillment of a 
personal and professional dream. 
His family has always had a strong 
tie to the university. Approximately 
50 relatives, including both of 
his daughters and sons- 
in-law, are alumni 
of the university. 

"My parents 
Joe and Narvis 
Webb taught me 
to love and revere 
this university and 
the people who 
played a role in its 
said Webb. "I am 

so fortunate that my 
wife Brenda has al- 
ways been support- 
ive of my work and 
has been a partner in 
every sense of the 
word as I have rep- 
resented Northwest- 
ern. She works tire- 
lessly in fundraising 
and is involved in nu- 
merous activities with faculty, staff, administrators, stu- 
dents, alumni, and other community members and 
friends of the University." 

Over the past 10 years, Webb has placed an em- 
phasis on strategic planning, getting each unit at NSU 
to become involved in setting goals and objectives for 
the future. 

The first goal he set was to obtain 100 percent ac- 
creditation of eligible academic programs. That goal 
was met in 2001. 

"The purpose was to demonstrate the overall qual- 
ity of education at Northwestern," said Webb. "You 
cannot have a nationally accredited program without 
excellence in all areas of general education. For ex- 
ample, the College of Business depends on good in- 
struction in mathematics. The theatre program is helped 
by good instruction in English. This shows that we have 
outstanding programs in all areas including those areas 
that do not have accrediting bodies." 

NSU has had two students earn Goldwater Schol- 
arships. The university has also had its first recipient of 
the Marshall Fellowship. The campus literary maga- 
zine, Argus, has been honored as one of the top five in 
the nation for three years in a row. Potpourri, the stu- 
dent yearbook, has been named as the nation's best col- 
lege yearbook. 

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Campus New s 

Students in computer 
information systems have 
won nine national cham- 
pionships in competition 
against some of the 
nation's top universities, 
including five consecutive titles in systems analysis. 

"I always look for third party validation at Northwestern to 
emphasize the quality of our programs," said Webb. "You can 
talk about how good your programs are, but it is meaningful when 
outside parties say the same thing. The national championships 
won by students in computer information systems and national 
awards won by student publications reflect well on the entire uni- 

Last fall, new admissions standards were implemented at 
the university. The new standards caused a drop in enrollment, 
but in the long run Northwestern should increase its retention 
and graduation rates. NSU has worked to maintain enrollment by 
establishing articulation agreements with many of the state's com- 
munity colleges. A similar agreement was developed with the 
Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. These agree- 
ments make it easier for students to transfer from community 
college or the Louisiana School to Northwestern. The university 
also worked with Bossier Parish Community College to estab- 
lish a BPCC branch on the Northwestern campus. 

Northwestern has sought to develop new academic programs 
to meet the needs of its students and changes demanded by busi- 
ness and industry. 

New academic programs have been created including 
bachelor's programs in criminal justice, heritage resources, elec- 
tronics engineering technology and theatre, along with a 
bachelor's in liberal arts in the Louisiana Scholars' College. A 
new graduate program in heritage resources is in its first year. 

'"Gaining new academic programs is very difficult, but our 
faculty have been very perceptive in seeing unique areas in which 
the university can develop programs to fill specific needs," said 

Webb. "As a result, our new academic programs have been very 

Northwestern has tremendous success delivering classes by 
distance learning, which includes classes offered by Internet and 
compressed video. Ten degree programs are available electroni- 
cally and several hundred students take exclusively electronic 

"Distance learning has been a tremendous success," said 
Webb. "There is great demand for classes that are offered any- 
time, anywhere and Northwestern moved into this area at just the 
right time." 

In recent years, the renovation of Russell Hall, now the home 
of the College of Business, was completed. Multi-million dollar 
projects to renovate Morrison Hall and the Family and Consumer 
Sciences Building were also completed. 

"Each of these buildings has been an important part of 
Northwestern's history," said Webb. "By renovating these build- 
ings, we preserved part of the university's past yet provided stu- 
dents with modern classroom facilities." 

NSU students voted to construct the Wellness. Recreation and 
Activity Center on the site of the former Intramural Building. A 
new 380-bed residence hall. University Place, was constructed and 
the university is considering plans to modernize student housing 
on campus. 

"The Wellness Center was an idea initiated and funded by 

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Northwestern students. By working with the staff at NSU's Physical Plant, 
we designed a center that gave students the best value for their dollar," 
said. Webb. "University Place evokes past architecture at Northwestern and 
is very popular with students. Current students require different housing 
options and we will work with them to provide the best, most modern resi- 
dence halls possible." 

Webb is continuing to work toward a long-term goal to establish a 
fiber optic network on campus. Last fall, Northwestern expanded its wire- 
less network, making it easier for students to access information wherever 
they are on campus. 

The university's athletic program has unprecedented success over the 
past decade. In 2004-05. NSU became the first Southland Conference mem- 
ber in the league's 41 -year history to sweep football, men's basketball and 
baseball championships in the same athletic year. 

In the past decade. Northwestern has won 21 Southland Conference 
titles in seven sports: football, men's basketball, women's basketball, base- 
ball, women's soccer, softball men's track and field. There have been 10 
SLC Tournament championships in that time. 

In the past decade Northwestern has made 15 NCAA and one WNIT 
postseason appearances. The most memorable were the Demons' win over 
Iowa in the NCAA Tournament and the football team's drive to the Divi- 
sion I- A A playoffs in 1998. 

Track and field has seen athletes win 1 7 All-America awards for top 
finishes at the NCAA Division I Indoor and Outdoor Championships. 

"Our athletic program has been an important part of the success at 
Northwestern," said Webb. "I am proud that we have built programs that 
do things the right way. We have had great success on and off the field. 
Northwestern has won conference championships, and competed on the 
national level while our student-athletes have excelled academically." 

For all of the good things that have happened, Webb is determined to 
keep pushing to move the university forward. 

"We have accomplished a great deal, but there is more work to be 
done." said Webb. "Northwestern has become a household name around 
the state and is better known around the nation. The reputation of the uni- 
versity adds value to the degrees held by each of our alumni. It's a good 
time to be associated with Northwestern." 

Alumni Plaza 

Bricks & Tiles 

Northwestern alumni and friends still have the 
opportunity to leave a 'visible symbol of their love for 
NSU by participating in the development of the Alumni 
Plaza, a landscaped space currently under construc- 
tion in the heart of the Fine Arts complex. The plaza 
will feature a fountain surrounded by engraved gran- 
ite tiles and will be paved with engraved bricks bear- 
ing the names of NSU graduates, friends, faculty and 
supporters. The plaza's location is in a tranquil, yet 
prominent setting in the heart of the Fine Arts com- 
plex, which will be enjoyed by all who visit campus. 

Granite tiles will be installed surrounding the 
fountain in the Alumni Plaza. The tiles measure 12 
by 12 inches and can include three lines of 13 char- 
acters, including spaces, on each line. A gift of $300 
will demonstrate a donor's level of commitment to both 
the past and future of NSU. 

For a donation of $100, a 3-1/2 by 7-1/2 inch 
brick can be purchased with a maximum of three lines 
of 13 characters, including spaces, on each line. For 
a donation of $75, the same brick may be purchased 
with a maximum of two lines of 1 3 characters on each 

"Our desire in creating the Alumni Plaza is not 
only to provide a tranquil setting that will be enjoyed 
by all who visit our campus, but also to encourage 
graduates to leave a personal remembrance of their 
experience at NSU," said NSU President Dr. Randall 
J. Webb. "The development of this project provides 
an opportunity for Northwestern alumni to celebrate 
their lifelong connection to the university by purchas- 
ing engraved bricks, tiles or other fixtures that will be 
included in the Alumni Plaza. Purchases may be 
made for yourself, your graduate or in memory of a 
loved one with ties to NSU, whether student, faculty 
or supporter." 

For more information, or to purchase a fixture for 
the Plaza, call the Alumni Center at (318) 357-4243. 

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Campus News 

Northwestern and its students help preserve 
history through the heritage resources program 

Northwestern State Univer- 
sity is using its experience 
in preserving history 
along with rich local resources to 
develop a new master's program in 
heritage resources. The program be- 
gan last fall. 

Resources are 
the physical re- 
mains and oral 
traditions of past 
human activi- 
ties. They in- 
clude archaeo- 
logical sites, 
historic struc- 
tures, archival 
records, oral tra- 
ditions and hu- 

The pro- 
gram, which is 
within NSU's 
School of Social 
Sciences, draws 
on faculty in the 
fields of ethnol- 
ogy, archaeol- 
ogy, cultural ge- 
ography, history 
and historic 

*'It has been 
interesting to 
see what knowl- 
edge and experi- 
ence we all 
bring to the 
table," said Me- 
lissa Hagan, a 
graduate stu- 
dent. "Our in- 
structors arc 
dedicated and concerned about us as 
people; coming from a large univer- 
sity, the University of Florida, I was 

delighted to discover I am not a 

According to program coordi- 
nator Dr. ElizaBeth Guin, the pro- 
gram is more interdisciplinary than 
any other program. 

"I am excited about the quality 
and uniqueness of the learning ex- 
perience we are able to offer our 
students in this program," said Guin. 
"We are tailoring the program to 
produce professionals for mid to 
upper level management jobs. No 
other preservation degree program 
offers the amount of practical field 
experience with specific training for 
management level jobs." 

J.C. Rivers is a graduate student 
enthused about the exceptional op- 
portunities at in heritage resources 
and its partnerships with federal, 
state and private agencies to create 
internships for its students. 

"The professors are extremely 
knowledgeable in their disciplines 
of expertise," said Rivers. Moreover, 
the professors impart much concern- 
ing related disciplines outside their 
field of expertise. Natchitoches is 
the perfect site for study of Heritage 
due to the Cane River National Heri- 
tage Area, Cane River Creole Na- 
tional Historic Park, Los Andes, Ft. 
Jessup, Poverty Point, and many 
other sites waiting for exploration. 
I am a historian: other students are 
archaeologists and anthropologists. 
We are able to 'play in the sand box 
together' due to the structure of the 
classroom and field trip experi- 

"Agencies work with students 
in ways that will benefit the agen- 
cies." said Guin. "There is involve- 
ment in grant projects, fundraising, 
interpretation, conservation and 
documentation. This will allow the 
students to develop an extensive 

portfolio which they can use as they 
look for permanent employment. 

According to Guin, the program 
is helping students prepare to edu- 
cate the next generation about the 
cultural landscape. Graduate student 
Tamara Miller understands the im- 
portance of passing on this knowl- 
edge to children and community or- 

"As a part of the heritage re- 
source program we have worked 
with local school children teaching 
heritage education," said 
Miller. "We have also been able to 
work with local groups in the area 
gaining experience that will benefit 
us as we begin to work in our cho- 
sen field." 

Miller was one of two students 
who went to New Orleans helping 
with mold abatement in homes dam- 
aged by floodwaters associated with 
hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 

According to Guin, the program 
is designed to turn out good heritage 
resource managers. They should be 
able to pull in experts from various 
fields to work on a project together. 

NSU alumni and friends can 
help the heritage resources program 
by sharing information about the 
cultural landscape with the students. 
The students and faculty are always 
on the lookout for new project. They 
can also assist by making monetary 
donations to help students travel to 
sites for research. 

A bachelor's program has been 
approved by the Louisiana Board of 
Regents and is expected to begin this 

For more information on 
Northwestern's master's and 
bachelor's program in heritage re- 
sources, call the School of Social 
Sciences at (318) 357-6849 or go to 

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Campus News 

NSU produces first graduate to earn bachelor's entirely 
through distance education 

Kristen Shoemaker is in front of 

the wave. When the 21 -year-old from War- 
saw, Ind., walked across the stage in Prather 
Coliseum during Northwestern State 
University's spring commencement exer- 
cises, she made history. Shoemaker, who 
graduated with a grade point average of 3.952 
in psychology, is the first Northwestern stu- 
dent to earn her bachelor's degree entirely 

"Kristen has really applied herself and 
found a niche and a way to learn in which 
she excels," said her father. Ron Shoemaker. 
"She has really put an effort toward this. The 
flexibility that she had, where she could pick 
the time to work was really important. She 
was committed and learned responsibility." 

Among her accomplishments. Shoe- 
maker is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta 
Honor Society and Psi Chi Psychology 
Honor Fraternity. A motivated learner. Shoe- 
maker found the convenience of on-line 

classes comple- 
mented her ability to 
focus and complete 
assignments inde- 
pendently. She is al- 
ready^enrolled in 
Northwestern ' s 
master's degree pro- 
gram in adult educa- 
tion, taking two 
classes this summer. 
"As my dad 
puts it. I'm an aca- 
demic athlete. This 
is the time I can re- 
ally get my educa- 
tion and get it right and that's why I put forth 
so much effort and time," she said. "You have 
to be very independent for this kind of study. 
You have to push yourself and this is a good 
program for people who learn that way. 1 
enjoyed it so much." 

Kristen Shoemaker, the first Northwestern student to earn an undergraduate degree 
entirely on-line, attended spring commencement exercises in May with her family. Prior 
to commencement, Kristen and family members were introduced to many faculty and 
staff who worked with Kristen through distance education. From left are Jimmy Long, 
chairman of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System; Tammy 
Armstrong, secretary for NSU Electronic and Continuing Education; family members 
Judy Collins, Ronnie Shoemaker and Ron Shoemaker: Kristen, Darlene Williams, Di- 
rector of Electronic and Continuing Education, and NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb. 

The demand for distance education is 
growing and Northwestern has been at the 
forefront of that trend for several years. NSU 
offers several fully accredited on-line bach- 
elors, masters and associate degree and cer- 
tification programs. 

Alumna Cheryl Wilson receives 
honorary doctorate 

Northwestern State awarded an honorary 
doctorate of humane letters to Cheryl Reese 
Wilson of Alexandria at its Spring Com- 
mencement Exercises Friday. May 5. 

Wilson, the chief operating officer at 
Rapides Regional Medical Center, has been 
the driving force behind a successful part- 
nership between NSU and Rapides Regional 
that has expanded health care training in cen- 
tral Louisiana. 

"Cheryl Wilson is a visionary who saw 
the opportunity to improve health care in 
central Louisiana and worked to make it hap- 
pen," said Northwestern President Dr. 
Randall J. Webb. "By providing training 
close to home, she knew more graduates 
would remain in the area and she had confi- 
dence that Northwestern would provide the 
best possible educational opportunity. We 
want to honor Cheryl because she has had a 
major impact on the future of healthcare in 
this area." 

In 2001, Wilson was instrumental in 
developing funding to allow Northwestern 
to offer the Bachelor of Science in Radio- 
logic Technology in Alexandria. Two years 

later, she took a leadership role in develop- 
ing a partnership with NSU to provide stu- 
dents working toward the Bachelor of Sci- 
ence in Nursing the opportunity to do clini- 
cal training in Alexandria. 

Through guidance provided by Wilson, 
she coordinated the effort with the College 
of Nursing to establish an extensive educa- 
tional center in Alexandria to house both the 
radiologic technology and nursing programs. 
The facilities include a fully equipped 10 bed 
nursing laboratory, classrooms for nursing 
and radiology students, faculty offices and a 
computer lab. 

"This is a wonderful honor, not only for 
me, but for my family as well," said Wilson. 
"My grandfather, Harry 'Rags' Turpin, be- 
gan a strong commitment to Northwestern 
State University through its athletic program 
during his tenure as head football coach and 
athletic director for 30 years until his retire- 
ment in 1956. I am proud to follow his foot- 
steps and continue his work of developing 
students through quality educational experi- 
ences in the field of healthcare. The partner- 
ship between NSU and Rapides Regional has 

Cheryl Wilson was hooded by Dean of Graduate Studies 
Steve Horton following conferral of an honorary doctor- 
ate of human letters at the 2006 Spring Commencement. 

expanded the outstanding clinical programs 
of the College of Nursing and the radiologic 
technology program to enhance the 
healthcare system in Central Louisiana." 

In 2002, Wilson was named to the NSU 
Alumni Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple 
Line and has been selected as a Woman of 
Achievement, Central Louisiana in 2001 . The 
chief operating officer at Rapides Regional 
Medical Center since 1997, Wilson has also 
served as interim chief executive officer at 
Rapides and most recently at Dauterive Hos- 
pital in New Iberia. She has 25 years of pro- 
gressive hospital management experience 
with HCA. From 1981 until 1997, she 
worked at Brownwood Regional Medical 
Center in Brownwood, Texas, where she was 
chief operating officer in her final two years. 

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PI KAPPA PHI Celebrates 50 th Anniversary 

1956 - 2006 

Homecoming weekend October 27-28, 

Pi Kappa Phi will celebrate the 

50 th anniversary of its chartering on the 

NSU campus 

On September 22. 1956. Phi 
Kappa Nu, a local fraternity at NSU 
for 29 years, became the Beta Omi- 
cron chapter of Pi Kappa Phi. a na- 
tional fraternity with chapters today 
on 125 college campuses. This char- 
tering of the local fraternity with the 
national fraternity creates a com- 
bined total of 79 years on the NSU 
campus, an historic milestone for 
Greek organizations on campus. 

All alumni, family and friends 
of Pi Kappa Phi are invited to the 
fraternity's 50th anniversary cel- 
ebration, to be held in conjunction 
with NSU's Homecoming Oct. 27- 
28. which will begin with a Friday 
evening alumni social at the Pi 
Kappa Phi house on College Av- 
enue. Saturday's activities will in- 
clude a morning Alumni Chapter 
and Housing Corp meeting at the 
fraternity house, tailgating before 

This photo was 
taken at the Pi 
Kappa Phi Frater- 
nity chartering ban- 
quet in 1956. The 
banquet took place 
in the restaurant in 
the Nakatosh Hotel. 

the Homecoming game and a din- 
ner at the new Natchitoches Conven- 
tion Center. 

In recognition of the chapter's 
50 ,h anniversary on campus and in 
appreciation to Northwestern for its 
continued support of fraternal orga- 
nizations on campus. Pi Kappa Phi 
will present to Northwestern, 
through President Dr. Randall J. 
Webb, a clock tower to be placed in 
the NSU Alumni Plaza. The clock 
is 10 feet nine inches tall, two-sided 
and electrically lighted. The clock 
presentation will take place during 
the Saturday evening semi-formal 

When plans for the reunion be- 
gan two years ago, the chapter be- 
gan searching for a way to provide 
a tribute to the fraternity's 50 th an- 

"We wanted to do some type of 
lasting donation, something that 
would be placed on campus that 
would have a plaque commemorat- 
ing our 50 ,h year," said Jack McCain 
Jr.. a charter member and the 
chapter's first president. When NSU 

President Dr. Randall J. Webb sug- 
gested a clock for the campus, the 
group began an enthusiastic search 
for an attractive clock that reunion 
organizers hope will be installed in 
October, as part of the completion 
of the Alumni Plaza, currently un- 
der development. 

Alumni will be sent detailed 
information and reservation forms 
this summer. Alumni may 
e-mail their questions to or contact any 
of the following honorary chairmen. 
Anyone who would like to make a 
contribution to defray the cost of the 
clock can do so through the NSU 
Foundation with a designated gift. 

Jack McCain Jr., Founding Archon, 

Wes Breeden, Re-Chartering Archon, 

David Morgan, Event Coordinator, 

Mike "Mickey" Murphy, Founder's 
Event Coordinator, (504) 443-5004 

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Alumni Gatherings 

50+ Club Luncheon 

Attending the luncheon were Annie Reed (49) and 
Chester ('49) and Mary Jo ('49) O'Quin. 

Andrew and Cheri ('52) Urban visited Osbin Blacke ('56) 
and John McTyre ('57) at the 50+ Club luncheon. 

Attending the annual 50+ Club luncheon were Andrew 
Bruce ('58) , Representative Beverly Bruce ('56), Sarah 
Owers ('52) and Glenn Owers ('80). 



Benny ('56) and Beth Smith and Cindy Randies ('56) 
attended the annual 50+ Club luncheon. 

Jerry Epperson ('55). Earl Haynes ('55) and Dan Poole 
('52) attended the annual 50+ Club luncheon. 

Robbie Downing Averett. Lisa and John Downing visited 
with Dr. Chris Maggio ('85 & '91 ) and their father Dudley 
Downing (55) at the 50+ Club luncheon. 

Louisiana Scholars' College Reunion 

Nicole Bourgeois (04). Crystal Mallett ('05). Craig 
Ponamsky, Kelli Walker ('04) and John Birch ('03) 
attended the Scholars' College Reunion this spring. 

Scholars' College alumni attending the reunion included 
Andrew Davies (02). Joe Pitz (01) and Clint Benoit ('01). 

Scholars' College Reunion attendees included Jennifer 
Smith ('92), Kath Buntin, Kendi Hensen Pirn ('93), 
Michelle Bergeron ('92) and Richard Bergeron ('92). 

Scholars' Reunion attendees included Bonnye Busbice 
Good ('95), Jason ('00) and Catherine ('00) Cline with 
son Ben. Kristin Harkins ('98) and Matthew Fuikerson. 

Dr. Betsy Cochran, former director of the Louisiana 
Scholars College, enjoyed visiting former students 
Melody Hypes ('99), John Ray ('99). Aimee Lasseigne 
Stalder (98) and Kasey Songy ('99). 

Carmella Parker ('99). Rick Morgan ('00) and Robin Shipp 
Morgan ('00) visited at the Scholars' College Reunion. 

Dallas/Fort Worth Crawfish Boil 

Jill Cantrell ('93) and 
Angela Hennigan Kelso 
(95) visited at the annual 
Dallas/Fort Worth 
Crawfish Boil. 

Jim Randolph (66) and Barbara and Peter ('( 
Seymour enjoyed crawfish. 

Terry (78) and Kathy 
(77) Guin and Charles 
| Dowden (78) attended 
the annual Dallas/Fort 
Worth Crawfish Boil. 

Tommy (04 & 05) and 
Jessica (02) McClelland 
attended the crawfish boil. 

Monty (56) and 
Kathy Montgomery 
enjoyed Louisiana 
cuisine at the annual 
Dallas/Fort Worth 
Crawfish Boil. 

Amber Welker Fairless (00), Shannon Straty (00), 
Lanny Lawrence (00), Angie Kovalcik, David Balcer (99) 
and Michelle Byrnes enjoyed visiting other young alumni 
from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 


Raven Brown (99) 
and Andrea Bailey 
(99) enjoyed 
visiting and eating 


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Alumni Gatherings 

NSU Foundation Scholarship Banquet 

Shreveport/Bossier Crawfish Boil 

Acting Head of the Department of Journalism Dr. Paula 
Furr ('00), with Amanda Ward, recipient of the Michael 
Peter Manno Endowed Scholarship, and donors Lynne 
and John A. Manno. Jr. 

The Crawfish Boil was a family affair for Lisa ('05) and 
Chris ('98) Burns, Henry Burns (70) and Jamie and Julie 
'99) Burns. 

Friends Jason ('99) and Casey ('00) Doerher, Nicole 
03) and Andrew ('04) Caloway, Corlyss Lecount ('05) 
and Jonathan McMillan ('05) attended the Crawfish Boil. 

iidTT tm 
Thi Pham, recipient of the Berrian and Cleavie Bailey 
Endowed Scholarship, with Saidee Watson Newell, 
donor, and Nicole Vasquez, recipient of the Eugene 
Watson Endowed Scholarship. 

Bubba Cordaro (73), Rusty George and Jason 
Matthews ('92) kicked back at the annual crawfish boil. 

Demons of Destiny 2006 Basketball Team members met 
fans at the Shreveport/Bossier Alumni Gathering. 

Dr. Doyle Bailey, donor, with Terri D. Davis, recipient of 
the Doyle and Barbara Bailey Endowed Scholarship and 
donor Barbara Bailey. 


John McConathy ('51) attended the Shreveport/ Bossier 
Alumni gathering along with Kevin and Georgia 

Randy and Doris (74 & '89) Smith visited with Lisa (05) 
and LJ Benson at the Shreveport/Bossier Alumni 
Crawfish Boil. 

Bill and Donna 
Shield (71 & 
74) attended 
the Shreveport/ 
Bossier Alumni 
Crawfish Boil. 

Oklahoma City Alumni Gathering 
& Louisiana Saturday Night 

Henry Maggio, donor, with Brent Slaughter, recipient of 
the Sam and Carmellite Maggio Endowed Scholarship 
and donor Nita Maggio. 

Carol Gunter, with Timothy Allen, recipient of the 
Woodman of the World Endowed Scholarship and Jimmy 
Gunter (71). 

Attending the Louisiana Saturday Night Oklahoma City 
Alumni Gathering were Ben Jackson. Otis Ferguson, 
Janene Davis ('67), John Mallory ('82), Jill Bankston 
('97), Tobie Thompson and A.J. Mallory. 

Roper Memorial Golf Tournament 

Donor Sadie G. Thomas ('43 & '69) with Brittany Graf, 
recipient of the Sadie & Charles F. "Red" Thomas 
Scholarship and Thomas. ('41 & '59) 

Carolyn Sarkosi, recipient of the Sue Ellen Fogleman 
Williams Endowed Scholarship, with donors Sue Ellen 
Fogleman Williams ('63 & '67) and John R. Williams ('59 
& '66). 

Rebekah Smith (left) and Cody Newson (far right) pose 
with Rick and Mary Roper. Smith and Newson were 
recipients of the Chris Roper Memorial Scholarship, 
which is funded by the annual golf tournament. 

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Alexandria Recruiting Reception 

Many Recruiting Reception 

Hosts Doc ('57) and 
Sydney ('59) Bankston 
opened their home to 
NSU alumni and potential 
students in Alexandria. 

Assistant Director of 
Recruiting for Graduate 
and Adult Studies Misty 
LaCour ('99) welcomed 
Ted Jones Scholarship 
Recipient Crystal Bowie. 

NSU Recruiter Ashley 
Crooks ('01) welcomed 
Ted Jones Scholarship 
winner Casey Soileau. 

Don (75) & Virginia Burkett, and Caleb. The Burketts 
hosted tj)e Many Recruiting Reception along with 
daughter-in-law and son Mary Beth Scott VanSickle (03) 
and Stephen VanSickle (04). 

Assistant Director of Development Jill Parker Bankston 
('97. left) and Director of University Recruiting Jana 
Parker Lucky ('92 & '01 , right) welcomed Ted Jones 
Scholarship Recipient Katelyn Yates. 

Natchitoches Recruiting Reception 

Leesville Recruiting Reception 

David ('80) and Kim 
Wright hosted the 
Natchitoches Recruiting 
Reception for NSU alumn 
and incoming students. 

Attending were President Randall J. Webb, Danielle Antoon, Ted Jones Scholarship 
Recipient Heather Clayton. NSU recruiter Ashlee Crooks ('01 ), Amber Hamous and 
Drake Harrington. 

Shreveport Recruiting Reception 

Martha and Gene ('63) Koury opened their home to 
Leesville alumni and potential students. 

Hosts Keith (74) and Julie Bergeron 
welcomed Shreveport alumni and 
potential students into their home. 

NSU recruiter Rebekah 
Brocato (05) congratulated 
Ted Jones Scholarship 
Recipient Ton Ladd. 

Attending the Shreveport Recruiting Reception 
were Julie Davis, Ted Jones Scholarship 
Recipient Megan Davis and NSU recruiter 
Rebekah Brocato ('05). 

Ruston Recruiting Reception 

Ted Jones Scholarship Recipient Delia Smith was 
welcomed by NSU recruiter Ashlee Crooks ('01). 

Bossier Recruiting Reception 

Hosts Susanne and Mike 
Knotts ('86) opened their 
home to Bossier alumni 
and potential students. 

Hosts Danny and Lenn (75) Prince 
opened their homes to potential NSU 
students and NSU alumni. 

Ted Jones 


Recipient James 

Webb was 

welcomed by NSU 

Recruiter Rebekah 


Brocato (05). 

Alumni attended the recruiting reception in Ruston were Tommy ('69) and 
Cynthia Thomas ('69) Chester, Hostess Lenn Prince (75) Thomas Stewart 
('38) and Earvin Ryland ('50). 

NSU recruiter Rebekah Brocato ('05) welcomed Ted Jones 
Scholarship Recipient Kimberly Grissom, who will attend 
NSU in the fall. 

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Foundation News 

NSU Foundation 

NSU Foundation Honors 
two faculty members for 

Dr. J. Mark Thompson (left) and Dr. Mark Schaub (right) 
have been selected as the recipients of the 2006 Mildred 
Hart Bailey Research Award at Northwestern State Univer- 
sity. The award was presented at NSU's annual Research 
Day by Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb. 

Two Northwestern State University 
faculty Dr. Mark Schaub and Dr. J. Mark 
Thompson have been selected as the re- 
cipients of the 2006 Mildred Hart Bailey 
Research Award. The award was presented 
at NSU's annual Research Day. 

The Bailey Award is given annually 
to a Northwestern faculty member or mem- 
bers for outstanding research and/or dis- 
tinguished artistic performance or creative 
work substantially completed during the 
past three years. Criteria for the award in- 
clude: scholarly or creative significance; 
national, regional or local impact; origi- 
nality and ingenuity of project design and 
critical recognition by experts in the field. 

Schaub, an associate professor of fi- 
nance, has authored or co-authored 35 ref- 
ereed journal articles in his five years as a 
Northwestern faculty member. He has also 
published 13 papers and made 13 presen- 
tations at professional conferences. Dur- 
ing his time at Northwestern, student scores 
on exit exams in finance have increased. 

"1 am very honored to receive this 
award." said Schaub. "A big motivation to 
do the amount of research I have is that 
there was a need for faculty in the College 
o\' Business to produce research to main- 
tain accreditation. Outside evaluators said 
we were weak in the area of faculty re- 
search, so I tried to help correct that weak- 
ness. I was able to work with 10 other col- 
leagues to produce publications." 

Thompson, a professor of trombone, 
low brass and brass methods is in his sixth 
year on NSU's faculty. 

A charter life member of the Interna- 
tional Trombone Association, Thompson 
has been very active in literature-related 
activities since 1989, including service as 
Chair of the Publications and Literature 
Committee. Editor and co-author of French 
Music for Low Brass Instruments. 

He is also editor and co-author of the 
second edition of Solos for the Student 
Trombonist published in 2004. His writ- 
ings have also appeared in the Interna- 
tional Trombone Association Journal. Th- 
ompson was a featured artist/clinician at 
the 1997 International Trombone Festival, 
and he performed at the 1 995 International 
Brassfest. He was a featured soloist with 
the South Arkansas Symphony in 2005. 
Earlier this year, he was a featured soloist 
with the Shreveport Symphony and the 
U.S. Army Orchestra. 

"I get to do something I love that is 
very rewarding," said Thompson. "To re- 
ceive recognition from others for doing it 
gives me a deep level of satisfaction. It 
takes a great deal of effort to stay current 
by attending conferences, authoring pub- 
lications and books and performing con- 

Downing remembered 
with scholarship 

Family members joined Rev. Dudley Downing for the 
announcement of a scholarship in his name. From left 
are Robbie Downing Averett, Rev. Downing, Lisa Down- 
ing and John Downing. 

A scholarship fund has been estab- 
lished at Northwestern State University 
that honors the influence a high school 
teacher had on a student. Ellis and Juanita 
Coutee have established a $25,000 student 
scholarship honoring Dudley Downing. 
Mr. Coulee's former high school teacher. 

The announcement was made during 
NSU's 50+ Luncheon May 6. 

Downing was a physical education 
teacher and coach at Bolton High School 
in 1956. Coutee was in his PE class. 

"He asked me out of the blue what I 
was going to do after high school gradua- 
tion. I didn't know. He asked if I ever con- 
sidered going to college and I said no since 
I did not have any money. In the conversa- 
tion, he asked if he could get me a scholar- 
ship at Northwestern, if I would reconsider 
and attend," Mr. Coutee said. "At first. I 
thought, 'Me? A scholarship?" I almost 
laughed after he left my presence but I told 
him I would consider it." 

Shortly before graduation, Coutee re- 
lated. Downing approached him again say- 
ing that he had secured Coutee a scholar- 
ship at Northwestern if he wanted to go. 
Downing had found Coutee a campus work 
scholarship in the graphic arts/printing 
department earning 45 cents per hour. 

"I do not know why Dudley singled 
me out and selected me when he could have 
selected much better students. 

"I want Dudley to know that we ap- 
preciate his vision, his humanity and his 
generosity," Coutee said. "This is a small 
way for us to say 'thank you Mr. Down- 
ing' in lieu of simple words." 

Downing attended Northwestern 
where he was captain of the football team 
and was named an All-American in 1954. 
He received the first MPV awarded. He 
graduated in 1955 and taught and coached 
at Bolton straight out of college. 

Downing said he saw potential in the 
young Coutee. 

"He was attentive and struck me as a 
student with a lot of balance in his reason- 
ing and thinking," Downing said. "He was 
industrious and willing work for his edu- 

Downing, who is a minister with a 
practice in pastoral counseling, has lived 
in New Orleans for the past 40 years. 

"This is a wonderful tribute to a great 
man. He was touched, literally to tears," 
said Dr. Chris Maggio, director of Alumni 
and Development. 

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Downing, who provided a poetic in- 
vocation at the 50+ Lunch, received a 
standing ovation when the scholarship was 

"Dudley Downing deserves this and 
more in our view," Mr. Coutee said. "This 
is a token of my love and appreciation to 
Dudley for what he did for me. He made a 
huge difference in my life. More than 
words can explain or convey." 

Donor hopes 
scholarship will go to 
'average' student 

Ted (center) and Alice (right) Roberts established the 
Marvin and Gladys Roberts Endowed Scholarship this 
year. Also shown is President Randall J. Webb. 

A scholarship to benefit a Northwest- 
ern State University student has been cre- 
ated that will honor the memory of two 
people who believed in the importance of 

The Marvin and Gladys Roberts En- 
dowed Scholarship has been established by 
NSU alumnus Ted Roberts of Shreveport 
through a donation to the NSU Founda- 
tion. The scholarship will be awarded in 
the amount of $500 per year to a freshman 
from Caddo or DeSoto Parish. Second 
preference will be given to a student from 
Rapides Parish. 

Marvin Roberts worked with the Loui- 
siana Department of Education, served on 
the DeSoto Parish School Board and was 
a Louisiana State Representative from 
DeSoto Parish. 

Gladys Roberts earned a two-year 
teaching certificate from Louisiana Nor- 
mal, as Northwestern was known then, and 
returned later to earn a four-year degree. 
She taught in rural schools in DeSoto Par- 

"Ironically, my father did not finish 
high school. In those days, people often 

quit school to work," Ted Roberts said. 
"As a state representative, he backed sev- 
eral bills that supported education, particu- 
larly funding for universities. He was a 
friend of education." 

Ted Roberts and his wife both attended 
Northwestern. He graduated in 1960 with 
a degree in sociology. He is an agent for 
State Farm, which will provide matching 
funds for the scholarship. Mr. Roberts said 
he hopes the scholarship will be presented 
to an "average" student. 

"I want to honor my mother and fa- 
ther. This is a way to do it that is ongo- 
ing," he said. 

COE scholarship honors 
memory of life-long 

A scholarship has been established 
through the Northwestern State University 
Foundation to benefit a student in the Col- 
lege of Education. 

The Doris G. Chester Endowed Schol- 
arship will be awarded each year to a jun- 
ior or senior education major. The schol- 
arship was established by Tommy and 
Cindy Chester to honor Mr. Chester's 

"She thought being a teacher was the 
best thing you could do. It runs in our fam- 
ily," said Mr. Chester, explaining that many 
members of his immediate and extended 
family have worked in education as teach- 
ers and coaches. 

Doris Chester attended Northwestern 
as a business education major in the 1 940s. 
Although she did not graduate, she was a 
life-long learner and continued to take 
classes over the years, while working and 
caring for her family. 

"In those days, they didn't offer a lot 
of night classes, but if they offered some- 
thing and she could take it, she would," 
Mr. Chester said. "Mother was adamant 
about higher education. She thought edu- 
cation was very important. When I came 
along, there was no question that I was go- 
ing to college. This is a way for me to 
honor her." Mrs. Chester passed away in 

Dr. Chris Maggio received a donation for the Doris G. 
Chester Endowed Scholarship from Claire Chester 
Wardell ('98 & '00) and Cindy ('69) and Tommy ('69) 
Chester. Also shown is Sharon Sampite, assistant di- 
rector of Insitutional Advancement. 

Recipients of the Doris G. Chester 
Endowed Scholarship must maintain a 
grade point average of 3.0 or above. First 
preference will be given to a student from 
Bienville Parish, where Mr. Chester is a 

Mr. Chester said the ideal candidate 
for the scholarship would be a well- 
rounded student with financial needs who 
possesses the qualities to be a good educa- 

establishes scholarship 


Danielle Antoon (center) is this year's recipient of the 
Monsour Communications Endowed Scholarship, which 
was created this year by Glen (left) and Becky (right) 

A scholarship has been established by 
Monsour Communications to benefit an in- 
coming freshman at Northwestern State 

The Monsour Communications En- 
dowed Scholarship was created through a 
donation of $10,000 to the NSU Founda- 
tion and will be awarded in amounts of 
$250 per semester for one year only. Stu- 
dents eligible for the scholarship will have 
a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. 

"My company has been blessed in 
Natchitoches," said Glen Monsour, owner 
of Monsour Communications. "I'm a lo- 
cal business owner trying to give back to 

Alumni Columns Summer 2006 / 11 

Foundation News 

Northwestern because NSU is so impor- 
tant to economic development in this area. 

"Natchitoches envelopes the NSU stu- 
dents as part of the community and NSU 
brings things to Natchitoches that enhance 
the community." Monsour said. 

Monsour Communications is a 
Cingular Wireless independent agency and 
service center. The company has been in 
Natchitoches for eight years and has ex- 
panded to eight locations throughout north- 
west Louisiana. 

"A big part of our success comes from 
what Northwestern brings to this city," 
Monsour said. 

"This is an example of thanks from a 
business owner who appreciates the NSU 
students who buy products and services 
from businesses here in Natchitoches," 
said. Dr. Chris Maggio, director of Alumni 
and Development. "Scholarships of this 
nature show the university and the com- 
munity support each other." 

Nursing student will 
benefit from Stewart 

Bart Stewart (70), left, and his brother Bill Stewart (77 
& 78), right, have created a scholarship in memory of 
their mother, Billie Nell Barton Stewart, to benefit a nurs- 
ing student. The late Mrs. Stewart earned her degree 
as a registered nurse after returning to school at age 52. 

A scholarship has been established at 
Northwestern State University to honor a 
Winnfield native who earned her nursing 
degree as a non-traditional student. Bill. 
Susan and Bart Stewart have created the 
Billie Nell Barton Stewart Scholarship in 
memory of their mother with a donation 
to the Northwestern Slate University Foun- 

The scholarship will be presented in 
the amount of $500 per year to a studenl 

who is enrolled or has been admitted to 
NSU's School of Nursing, having met the 
academic requirements for enrollment. 
First preference will be given to a 
Winnfield High School graduate or a stu- 
dent from Winn Parish. 

Mrs. Stewart was a native of 
Winnfield who worked in healthcare 
throughout her adult life and returned to 
school at age 52 to earn her degree as a 
Registered Nurse in 1986. She was em- 
ployed at Winn Parish Medical Center un- 
til her retirement. She passed away in 

"When she went back to school, she 
was already working as a nurse but she 
wanted to get everything out of the pro- 
fession that she could," explained her son, 
Bart Stewart. "She knew that the more 
education you had the better able she 
would be to care for her patients." 

Mr. Stewart said his parents grew up 
during the Depression and were hard work- 
ers who appreciated everything they earned 
in life. Many members of the Stewart fam- 
ily attended and graduated from North- 

"This scholarship should go to some- 
one eligible to enter NSU's Nursing school, 
who was a good high school student and 
someone dedicated to the field of nursing," 
Mr. Stewart said. "We want someone who 
would be as dedicated to the nursing pro- 
fession as our mother was." 

In a short ceremony at the 
"three columns" marking the 
site Northwestern was founded 
in 1884, Pontiac representa- 
tives presented a $100,000 
check to NSU President Dr. 
Randy Webb for the 
university's general scholarship 

Netting the donation was Jermaine Wallace's last-second, game-winning 3-point bas- 
ket that lifted Northwestern State over Iowa 64-63 on March 17. Fans voted throughout this 
year's tournament for the "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" in each round. 

In the final round, Wallace's basket earned more votes than the other three plays 
combined, the play was announced April 3 as the winner in the "Pontiac Game Changing 
Performance" contest in the 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. 





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Father and son team up to establish athletic scholarship 

Father and son Terry Alario and Terry Alario Jr. are a unique 
pair. They are the only father/son combination to have played 
baseball for Northwestern. They both wore the #22. and now they 
have established the Elsie L. Alario/ Alario #22 Scholarship in 
honor of their mother/grandmother. • 

"'She was a real NSU fan. She was so proud that her son & 
grandson could both play for NSU. My Dad was a poor Cajun 
fisherman, so she was the driving force behind my brother and 
me because my dad was on the shrimp boat," said Terry Sr. "All 
she ever wanted for my brother and me to have the opportunity 
to go to school. So for me to have the opportunity was a big deal 
for her. It was always in question, but that's all she ever wanted." 

Now the Alarios are giving back to the university that gave 
them so much. The scholarship is the 32 nd permanently endowed 
scholarship to support an NSU student-athlete. 

"My son and my love for NSU is immense," said Terry Sr. 
"We are proud that we could both attend school there, play base- 
ball and wear #22. It makes us proud." 

Terry Alario, Sr., 
pictured in 1970 

Terry Alario, Jr., 
pictured in 1995 

Jim Willis (NSU '59 & '67) was honored May 17 by the Alexandria Aces profes- 
sional baseball team. Willis, a Boyce native, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Aces' 
2006 season opening game at Bringhurst Park in Alexandria. After completing his athletic 
career as a baseball pitcher and basketball player for the Northwestern State College Demons, 
Willis pitched for the Aces in the late 1 940s while beginning his career as a teacher and coach. 
He moved up quickly in professional baseball. In 1952-53. Willis became the first Northwest- 
ern alumus to reach the major leagues, pitching for the Chicago Cubs. It was nearly 50 years 
before another Demon made the big leagues. 

Demons of Destiny 
Souvenirs Available 

It's been a thrilling ride with the 2005-06 NSU Demons 
basketball team. "The Demons of Destiny" rocked the college 
basketball world and rewrote the record book under the guidance of 
Coach Mike McConathy. To commemorate this magnificent season, 
the NSU Athletic Association and the Demon basketball program 
are offering a selection of souvenir items. 

Items that can be purchased include limited edition, framed 
and autographed photos of the famous shot by Jermaine Wallace or 
the Demons in play. T-shirts, autographed caps and highlight DVDs 
are also available. 

To purchase a piece of NSU Athletic History, visit the NSU 
demon Web site at WWW.nSUdeiTIOnS.COm 

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Class Notes/Profiles 


Barbara Martin Bryan 

Barbara Martin Bryan has lived a 
life of Christian service that included 
an active college career at Northwest- 
ern, where she was involved in numer- 
ous campus organizations and met her 
future husband. 

Barbara was born in Springhill 
and grew up in Minden, where she was 
Miss Minden High School in 1961. 
She was very active at her church and 
school and at a young age, dedicated 
her life to Christian service. 

At Northwestern, Barbara ma- 
jored in elementary education. She 
was president of the Association of 
Women Students, a sophomore coun- 
selor, president of Purple Jackets and 
was Miss Northwestern her senior year. 

"I just loved Northwestern. Ev- 
ery year to me was better and better. I 
was very happy there," she said. 

She was also very involved in the 
Baptist Student Union (now called the 
Baptist Collegiate Ministry), where she 
met her future husband, Ed Bryan. 

"We were friends and then we 
started studying together." she said. 
"He had made the commitment to full- 
time Christian service when he was 16. 
I knew I was marrying a preacher. I 
didn't know how far it would take us." 

As a sophomore counselor. Bar- 
bara lived in the freshman women's 
dorm and was a mentor to the new stu- 
dents. She lived in Carondelet. Agnes 
Mars and Louisiana dormitories. She 
enjoyed going to ballgames and par- 
ticipated on the synchronized swim 

team, coached by Joyce Hillard, which 
gave her the opportunity to travel. She 
served on the student council and recalled 
her graduation ceremony in Prather Coli- 
seum as a special event. 

"I didn't have a car. so I walked ev- 
erywhere. We would all walk downtown 
and walk to the movies," she remembered. 
"My husband used to say the first gift I 
ever bought him was an umbrella because 
the one he had was broken on my side." 

Barbara and Ed married in 1966 and 
she began teaching while he was in semi- 
nary. Over the years, he pastored churches 
in Meridian. Miss.; Elton, Mer Rouge and 
Pine Bluff, Ark., and Barbara taught 
school. During those years, they had two 
children, Tabi and Edgar IV. They were 
then called to Powell, Wyo. 

Moving to Wyoming was an adjust- 
ment for Barbara, particularly leaving be- 
hind family and her daughter in college at 
Ouachita Baptist, but after a year, she grew 
to love Wyoming and was deeply involved 
in ministry there. In addition to church on 
Sunday. Barbara led choir, taught Sunday 
school, Church Training and Acteens. 
They coordinated Bible studies, mission 
work and visitation. 

In 1997, Ed was diagnosed with can- 
cer. The couple spent their five remaining 
years together in Wyoming, where each 
continued their work in ministry. Barbara 
was Ed's care-giver and "administrative as- 

After losing Ed, Barbara moved back 
to Minden in June 2002, having spent 13 
years in Wyoming. She cares for her 94- 

Barbara Martin Bryan 


mother, is 
deeply in- 
volved in 
her church 
and teaches 
special edu- 
cation at 
Harper El- 
ementary in 

Minden. She went back to school to 
become certified to teach special ed and 
will complete certification this sum- 
mer. She is a member of Delta Kappa 
Gamma and Kappa Kappa Iota profes- 
sional organizations. 

Barbara is church missions com- 
mittee chairman, which assists several 
organizations such as Habitat for Hu- 
manity, the Minden Boys and Girls 
Club and local schools. She sings in 
her church choir and is director of the 
women's missions group. She coordi- 
nates the Lake Claiborne ministry and 
directs the upkeep of a house for mis- 
sionaries on furlough. 

Barbara's daughter, Tabi, is mar- 
ried to the Rev. Ronnie Osborne, pas- 
tor of Campti Baptist Church, and they 
have three young daughters, Megan, 
Anna Grace and Sara. Barbara's son. 
Edgar IV. and his wife Autumn pastor 
Fellowship Baptist Church in LaBarge. 

"They are wonderful and I'm 
blessed they are both in the Lord's 
work. My children and grandchildren 
are the joy of my life," she said. 


Donnie Durham 

Carrie M. Chapman, 
December 14, 2005 

Marion Stovall Russell 
Curtis, April 3, 2006 

Carolyn Adams Barron, 
March 22, 2006 

Mildred Edison, 
January 21, 2005 

Alma Elaine Dezendorf 
Warner, January, 19, 

'37 Flora Graves 
Bradley, April 20, 2006 

'62 Carlisle Brewer 
"CB" Morrison, 
Natchitoches, April 10, 

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Winnie Dowden Wyatt 
is an author, married 
and lives in Grapevine, 


Robert H. Stelter is 
retired, married and 
lives in Orange, Texas. 


Hal H. Shackelford is a 
corporate account 
executive for Sherwin 
Williams Paint 
Company, married to 
Shirley Frances Allen 
Shackelford ('69) and 
lives in Krum, Texas. 


R. Michael Chance is 
the senior pastor at 
Raritan Valley Baptist 
Church, married and 
lives in Edison, N.J. 


Veronica Mangione is a 
senior specialty 
account manager and 
lives with her partner in 
Valatie, N.Y. 


Jennifer Robinson is 
the clinical head nurse, 
SICU at Brooke Army 
Medical Center and 
lives in San Antonio. 

Carmen Maria 
Martinez Necaise is a 
computer graphic artist 
for Cenla Sports, 
married and lives in 


Dominic Koon is a 
product configuration 
manager, Americas for 
Nokia, Inc. married and 
lives in Corinth, Texas. 


Sharon Broussard is a 
public information 
officer for Louisiana 
State Parks, married 
and lives in Baton 


Bill Stone is a 
counselor for MHMRA 
of Harris County and 
lives in Houston. 


Chris M. Sliwinski is 
employed at 3001, Inc. 
as a geospatial 
analyst, married to 
Roblynn Gass Sliwinski 
('95) and lives in 


Shannon Collins is a 
public affairs officer for 
the United States Air 


Roblynn Gass Sliwinski 
is an executive 
assistant at Tulane 
University, married to 
Chris M. Sliwinski ('95) 
and lives in Covington. 


David Ryan Camburn 
is a United States 
naval aviator, married 
and lives in Belle 

Blythe Leinenweber is 
an insurance advisor 
for Burl Wood State 
Farm Agency and lives 
in Piano, Texas. 


Melissa Ann Johnson 
Nugent King is a 
paralegal for Lloyd E. 

Hennigan, Jr., married 
and lives in Trout. 


Brennan Pralle is a 
management analyst at 
Fort McCoy and lives 
in Tomah, Wis. 

Melissa Kelly is an 
independent contrac- 
tor, wardrobe 
supervisor stitcher and 
cutter. She is married 
to Jon Kelly ('01) and 
lives in Austin Texas. 

Elizabeth D. Womack 
Shelton is employed by 
Winn Parish School 
Board as a teacher, 
married to Cloy Steven 
Shelton ('05). 


Jon Kelly is a technical 
support supervisor for 
Timewarner, married to 
Melissa Kelly ('00) and 
lives in Austin, Texas 


Jennifer Lynn Roper 
Dowden is a public 
information coordinator 
for Richland County 
Government, married 
and lives in Columbia, 


Jason Alton Riley is a 
project manager and 
lives in Montgomery, 


Megan Sandlin is a 
recruiter at NSU and 
lives in Natchitoches. 

Adrian Howard 


Adrian Howard 
graduated from NSU 
with a degree in busi- 
ness administration in 
1989 and today is one 
of the leading State 
Farm insurance agents 
in the state of Texas. 
Originally from Tyler, 
Texas, Adrian played 
football and ran track at NSU and was involved with Phi 
Beta Sigma. He was also the recipient of the Lester Latino 
Memorial Award given by the coaching staff to the se- 
nior player who best exemplifies unselfishness, leader- 
ship by example, great work ethic, character and integ- 
rity, productivity as a player, academic achievement and 
campus and community involvement. 

After leaving NSU, Adrian worked in management 
for an appliance chain before joining State Farm as a 
claims adjustor in 1991. There he became successful in 
team projects and was encouraged to become an agent. 
He is now a leader in his district and listed among the top 
40 agents in Texas. 

Adrian is involved in several networking groups in 
the Irving, Texas, area, such as the Chamber of Commerce, 
real estate groups and other professional organizations. 
He has continued to support Northwestern by serving on 
the Alumni board for five years and he is currently work- 
ing with a group to establish a football alumni associa- 
tion. He also plans to institute a scholarship with a 
$10,000 pledge to NSU that will be supported by State 
Farm's matching program. The scholarship will be for a 
student athlete. 

4 '1 feel it's important to give back to kids that have 
the desire to get an education, but also have financial 
needs," Adrian said. 

Adrian identified Carol Long as an important mentor 
to him and said his years at NSU gave me him advantages. 
"Going to a small school environment was good for 
me at the time," he said. "I built some strong relation- 
ships that are still strong today." 

Adrian resides in Bedford, Texas, with his wife, 
Carol Phills Howard, who earned a degree in education 
at NSU in 1990. They have a son. Brandon, 13, and a 
daughter, Kennedy. 6. 

All'mm News 

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The Alumni Columns Magazine, the official publi- 
cation of the Northwestern State University Alumni As- 
sociation, has always been an exceptional publication, 
dedicated to providing NSU alumni and friends on 
what's going on with fellow alumni, faculty and stu- 

The magazine was first published in 1938 as the 
Normal Alumni Columns and cost 250. Its first edi- 
tor was S.W. Nelken, the secretary-treasurer of the 
Alumni Association. In March 1940, the publica- 
tion was a one-time 5-column newspaper, but the 
paper was soon suspended due to publication costs. 
In 1943, Leroy Miller edited the new maga- 
zine. Two years later, the magazine had a name change to its current 
The Alumni Columns to reflect a changing university. In 1948, the publication under- 
went another change to a monthly newsletter. The 
newsletter had three editors, including Joe. W. 
Webb, Roy G. Clark. Harrel C. Haile and Jerry 

In 1987. the current Alumni Association 
Director, Elise James, along with editor Jim 
Johnson, made the magazine the currently 
quarterly magazine publication it is today, 
with slick paper and a full-color cover. Four 
editors later, the magazine is still reporting 
what matters to today's NSU alumni. 

This fall, the magazine will have a 
new editor, 1994 NSU alumna Leah 
Pilcher Jackson. Jackson has been a 
writer for the magazine for the past two 
years while serving as the NSU News 
Bureau's assistant director. 

Joyce Mathis Smith, a 1935 
graduate who became an el- 
ementary teacher, has celebrated 
her 100 lh birthday. Smith was 
born and reared in Winnfield and 
now lives in Morringsport. 

Guess Who? 

Do you know who these members of the B.S.U. 
Quartet from the early 50's are? If so, be one of 
the first 10 people to contact the Alumni Affairs 
Office at (318) 357-4414 and you could win a 

Thanks to Eddie Spurgeon ('54 & '58) for provid- 
ing the picture and information for this issue. 

Congratulations to these people who knew the 
'55-' 56 Basketball Team members picture in 
the spring issue! 

Ms. Ruth Herron— 

Mr. Ted Duggan— 

Mr. Johnnie 



Emmons— 1953 

Sun City West, AR 



Mrs. O'deal Pharris 

Mr. Larry Skinner — 

Mr. Kenneth Shaw- 





Mrs. Carolyn 
Masson— 1962 

Mr. Jim Adkins — 


Mr. Billy Thomas— 



Mr. Glynn Harris — 



Alumni Columns Summer 2006 / 16 

Alumni Information Update 

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Please fill this page out as completely as possible. We are constantly revising our records and your information 
updates are vital to making the system work. The information from this form is also used for entries in the 
"Class Notes" section. Please make a copy of this page and give it to any NSU graduate who may not be on our 
list. We can't keep in touch with you if we can't find you! Thank you. 



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If you would like information from Admissions, Financial Aid or the NSU Athletic Association, 
you can contact them at the following address: 

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Natchitoches, LA 71497 
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Class of 1956 Reunion 

Members of the Class of 1956 returned to Northwestern on May 5, 2006, to celebrate the 50 ,h anniversary of their graduation by once again 
walking across the stage to receive their commemorative diploma. 

From bottom, first row I to r : Floye Bogan Rains, Beverly Gourdon Bruce, Frances Garcie Bergeron, Joyce Coker McCoy, Cara Lee Hicks Smith, Bettye 
Lea Beasley Bruning, Marcia Lee Dauzat, and Irene Trevillion Lee. Second row I to r : Ted R. Simon, Clyde Joseph Chaisson, J. Wayne Wilkerson, 
Vernice Megason McFerren, Clarissa Richardson Craig, Mary Alice Phillips Grice, Hallie Nicholas Bellotte, Bobby Downs Hynson, Paula Haynes West, 
Margaret Robin Myers, Helen B. Williams Jackson, and Lester R. Brosset. Third row I to r : Donald Ray Fuller, Tommy Ellis, Adrienne Averitt Raborn, 
Williah "Cindy" Hodge Randies, JoAnn Tarver Dew, LaNell Goss Buvens, and Charles Eugene Johnson. Fourth row I to r : Osbon Blake, Jessie Loyce 
Todd Plumb, William Herbert Plumb, Edith Jones Palmer, Sylvester Lamed Montgomery, Mervyn Stuart Baldwin, Thomas R. Straughan, and Mary Gordy 
McLemore. Fifth row I to r : Harry B. Moore, Rose Marie Fertitta Dearing, Billy M. Dearing, Betty Lou Smith Moore, Perry Houston Miers, Wayne C. Dew, 
Jenness D. Courtney, David E. Christman, and Benny E. Smith. 

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